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  1. Drink Up

Track #7 - The Wanderlings Volume One
Leslie Hudson - piano, vocals, songwriter

Medb is a goddess queen of enormous appetites, ruthless, sovereign and autonomous. Famous for her beauty, her generous thighs, her patronage of champions, and never backing down from a fight, she rules the western province of Ireland, ferociously guarding her wealthy lands from any and all incursions.

Story's country of origin - Ireland

Based on the epic "Táin Bó Cuailgne," as translated by Thomas Kinsella, The Tain (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1969, 1990). Also inspired by the long relationship I have had with Medb herself over the years, my research, and my visits to her sacred sites. Visit www.rathcroghan.ie/ for more information.

Lyrics

I’ve never had a man
Without another waiting in his shadow
I’d never take a man
Who was greedy or jealous or callow

For I am a woman of wealth and fame
A daughter of kings without fear or shame
Intoxication is my name
Aren’t you the lucky one, lover?

I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, my love, drink up, drink up
I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, oh, my love

I’ve never been afraid
To cause a little bit of trouble
I’ll never be afraid
To burn it right down to rubble

For I am a woman who plays the game
Sweeter than honey, as hot as flame
And if you get burned then you’re to blame
Aren’t you the lucky one, lover?

I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, my love, drink up, drink up
I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, oh
Drink up, oh
Drink up, drink up
Drink up, my love

I’ve never been the kind
To leave it all up to the men
I’ll never be the kind
To put it all off until then

For I am a woman no man can tame
Sovereign when into the world I came
Your life will never be the same
Aren’t you the lucky one, lover?

I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, my love, drink up, drink up
I am the mead and this is my cup
Drink up, oh
Drink up, oh
Drink up, drink up
Drink up, oh, my love